In Yucatan there are 17 archaeological zones, among them the world-renowned Chichen Itzá “the city on the edge of the well of the Itzaes” that prospered from 600 AD to the 13th century, today we will share 5 archaeological zones with thousands of years of history where we will find ceremonial centers, capital cities and incredible carved stone buildings with iconic architecture. Pack your bags because Yucatan awaits you!
Did you know? Most of the archaeological zones in Yucatan open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sundays the entrance is free for Mexicans.
Quick recommendations before starting the adventure:
- Sunscreen above 50 fps
- Comfortable clothes, hat, tennis shoes and sunglasses
In each place you will be able to learn about the splendor and way of life of the people who lived in these important cities of the Mayan world, its beginnings were in the year 1500 BC and lasted until 1541 AD. In this incredible journey through the history of Yucatan, we recommend you do it by car to speed up the transfers.
5 UNMISSSIBLE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREAS IN YUCATAN
Just 1 hour from the center of Mérida towards the Campeche highway is the archaeological zone of Uxmal “Three times built” where the fortune teller’s house is located, a huge 35 m long building, tells the story that it was made by an alux in one night.
Uxmal is the center of Puuc architecture with ornamental details that radiates beauty and grandeur in its walls and decoration.
After your visit to Uxmal don’t forget to go to “The Mayan Planetarium” where a show is presented every hour about the Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itzá, Tikal and Palenque, here you will learn the importance of the stars in the construction of the pyramids.
Ek Balam "Black Jaguar"
Ek Balam “Black Jaguar” is a Mayan city older than Chichen Itza, it has only been open to tourism for a few years. This adventure will take us into the heart of the jungle, climbing structures with thousands of years of history, some in perfect condition.
The city of Ek Balam had more than 800 buildings with thousands of people living there, a true journey through time.
The following archaeological zone brings us closer to the beach of Puerto Progreso, one of the most important tourist destinations in the state. Just kilometers before reaching the beach you can find Dzibilchaltún “place where there are writings in stones”. In the archaeological zone of Dzibilchaltún, 8,400 structures have been found and it is estimated that a population of approximately 40,000 inhabitants lived there. You can also find a chapel that was built after the Spanish invasion and an incredible museum that preserves unique pieces. It is considered one of the most important ceremonial centers of the Mayan world, and has one of the largest cenotes in Yucatan, so bring your swimsuit!